My British cousin, Jamie Gosney, recently decided to put together a compact disc — he calls it a family album — featuring the clan’s favorite songs as a tribute to his mum, my aunt Jen-Jen, who turns 80 in August.
And he offered up a method with which everyone is familiar: “If you were, indeed, shipwrecked on a desert island, this would be the one piece of music you just couldn’t live without,” he wrote in an email.
“Hi, I’m calling from the real estate agency to see if you have rented your house yet for August.”
“No, I haven’t. Your office is in the village, right?”
“Yes, it is. Why?”
“Would you do me a favor? Would you go to Citarella and get me a half-pound of flounder?”
Those who have been in East Hampton for a long time will surely remember the rearing red horse that stood in front of the old Levi’s store at Cove Hollow Road and Route 27, the namesake for the shopping plaza there and now the new Red Horse Market.
The gourmet market opened its doors two weeks ago, and a tradition is taking hold among the mouth-watering displays of meats, pizzas, pastries, produce, and prepared foods — family.
When he was only 10, Michael Derrig’s mother bought him a circular saw. “I built my first brick patio when I was 11,” the landscape architect and founder of Landscape Details in Sag Harbor said with obvious pride.
When he was 14, his widowed mother would hoist a ladder onto her car and drive him to his weekend house-painting jobs. “I was always very entrepreneurial. I gave a fair price and got the job done. I got a lot of work that way.”
Memorial Day, although specifically a day to honor those who died in battle, has become a time to wax nostalgic about those who have gone before.
The East Hampton Ladies Village Improvement Society, which keeps up the approximately 3,800 trees that grace the streets of the village, offers an opportunity to pay homage to a loved one while helping to defray the nonprofit group’s tree maintenance expenses. A plaque can be placed by an existing tree, or accompany the planting of a new tree, for $750.
Each generation teaches the next, and at East Hampton High School, the oldest grades are teaching the youngest, twice a week, 12 weeks a year, in a second-semester class called Food and Fun.
“The program is part of our child development and psychology classes,” said Lisa Shaw, the family and consumer sciences teacher.